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Samsung’s new 512 GB SSD: smaller than a stamp, ligher than a dime

Samsung’s new 512 GB SSD: smaller than a stamp, ligher than a dime

There are two things that impede computers from having inordinate amounts of data storage: the capacity of drives themselves and their size. While it is always possible to have an 16, nay even 32, terabyte "drive", but you pay for that much storage not just price but also in space. So when Samsung announces it has begun mass producing a new NVMe PCIe SSD with a capacity of 512 GB, it might sound almost boring. Until you get to the part where Samsung reveals that the SSD is less than half the size of a small postage stamp.

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Samsung launches 750 EVO SSD worldwide, adds 500GB option

Samsung launches 750 EVO SSD worldwide, adds 500GB option

Hard drives offer a lot of capacity but, in today modern computing age, is slow as molasses. When your work, or game, depends on fast access to data, you'll probably want an SSD instead. However, SSD's aren't exactly cheap, sometimes more than twice their HDD counterpart. That's why Samsung launched the 750 EVO SSD in emerging markets, to answer the call for more affordable SSD storage solution. Now Samsung is spreading the good cheer months before Christmas, launching the drive worldwide and even adding a new 500 GB option.

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OWC SSD update lets MacBook owners use Boot Camp again

OWC SSD update lets MacBook owners use Boot Camp again

Back in March, OWC released their first SSDs that were compatible with mid-2013 and later MacBooks. Normally, this wouldn't even be worth mentioning, except for the fact that these were the only aftermarket drives that were compatible with these laptops. Unfortunately, they did come with one small issue, that annoyed those wanting to run Windows on their laptops.

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Samsung SSD T3 Review : USB-C drive in a tiny metal package

Samsung SSD T3 Review : USB-C drive in a tiny metal package

We'd been on the lookout for a handy companion for our USB-C-toting smartphones and laptops and - what do you know? Samsung busts one out. This is the Samsung SSD T3 with USB-C, working with the same controllers and flash used in Samsung's 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, this time with a metal jacket and an appearance that's just about as slick as you're going to be able to find on the market anywhere.

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Samsung’s first BGA SSD boasts 1500 MB/s speeds

Samsung’s first BGA SSD boasts 1500 MB/s speeds

Our mobile devices, both smartphones and tablets, are getting more capable. Processors are more powerful, displays are higher resolution, RAM memory is getting faster. These days, the bottleneck falls on the internal storage that hosts the files and programs that give life to these devices. The race for smaller but denser storage solutions is on, and leaders in the industry have been showing off their wares in a steady flow of new or update technologies. At the 2016 Samsung SSD Forum Japan, Samsung showed off its own solution: its first ever BGA-based SSD chip.

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Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Kits created by OWC for expanding storage on a litany of legacy MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks have been revealed this week. These pieces of hardware allow most any MacBook Pro or Air unit released in the past several years (back to mid-2013) to upgrade their internal storage with relative ease. OWC brings this Aura SSD to the masses not just for the newest in new - no! They've made way for generations of Apple notebooks to take part.

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Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

With increasingly more capable CPUs and GPUs, the bottlenecks of computing have lately been relocated to memory, both in RAM to some extent but especially in persistent data storage. The race is on among chip makers to produce not just the highest density storage technology but also the fastest. Intel, a name you'd more commonly associate with CPUs rather than storage devices, is also taking part in that race alongside storage maker Micron. And the first fruit of their friendship, the blazingly fast Optane SSD, might even be first seen in Apple's next MacBooks.

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OWC Aura SSD upgrade for mid-2013 and later Macs lands

OWC Aura SSD upgrade for mid-2013 and later Macs lands

Owners of mid-2013 MacBooks who are needing to boost their storage space can now get a new upgrade flash drive from OWC called the Aura SSD for Mid 2013 and Later Mac Laptops. The SSD upgrade is offered in 480GB and 1TB capacities and are the only PCIe-based flash storage device upgrades for the MacBook Pro with Retina display and newer MacBook Air devices.

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Seagate boasts of the fastest SSD flash drive at 10 GB/s

Seagate boasts of the fastest SSD flash drive at 10 GB/s

Samsung may have just recently revealed the world's largest single SSD drive, with a capacity of 16 TB, but Seagate is trying to compete in a different arena. Instead of data capacity, what it is showing off is an SSD drive that is considerably faster than the fastest SSD in the market. With a throughput performance of 10 GB/s, Seagate plans on further expanding its empire with blazingly fast storage solutions to answer the ever growing needs of businesses, especially those running servers and other data services.

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Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive

Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive

I run SSDs in my desktops, because I want to enjoy the performance boost that I get from them. My computer will boot faster, programs open faster, and loading times on my games are significantly lower. Of course, I have a NAS where I use traditional spinning hard drives to store my larger bits of data. This is because the older spinning style disks have considerably more storage space than even the largest SSDs. Well, at least that used to be the case.

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Paper shows SSDs are unreliable but in a different way

Paper shows SSDs are unreliable but in a different way

PCs today, especially laptops but even some desktops, are starting to use SSDs for data storage. They are, however, also starting to get into servers. The relatively (compared to HDD) younger technology is often praised for its speed and its reliability, mostly due to its use of NAND flash memory instead of physically moving parts and magnetic platters. A new study, however, shows that while that much is true, SSDs fail in a different set of reliability tests that might even be more problematic. The paper chose for its subject the company that eats through data storage devices like there's no tomorrow: Google.

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Fixstars 13TB SSD aims at streaming content distribution and storage

Fixstars 13TB SSD aims at streaming content distribution and storage

There are tradeoffs for both traditional hard drives and solid-state drives when choosing your computer storage solution. The HDD offers higher capacity and less cost than the SSD. The SSD on the other hand costs more, is much faster, and has smaller capacity than a HDD. The capacity issue is changing with Fixstars rolling out a new 2.5-inch SSD that crams 13TB of storage inside.

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